Both students and U.S. university are responsible for the students' well-being

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Both students and U.S. university are responsible for the students' well-being In the past one or two decades, the amount of students who go abroad for further learning, especially in America has increased rapidly. International students have ideal expectations about their adjustment to college; however, not everyone can easily and smoothly adjust to the new life in the U.S., and they seem to experience a more tough transition period than their initial thought. It is essential to attach importance to helping students adapt to the university life in U.S., because it determines the quality of the abroad life. University can provide proper classes or platforms to help students accustom to American culture. Besides, students themselves can focus on individual problems and ask for targeted help rather than some general help offered by the university. There are also some psychological problems which can only be coped by the student himself/herself, instead of other external help. As far as I am concerned, both the university and the students should be responsible for students adaptation to the university; to some extent, the students themselves may play a more important role in dealing with this problem. The U.S. university accepts international students from all over the world, and it has the responsibility to help international students adapt to the new environment. The university can offer some general help, such as several platforms or classes, for students to know more about local culture as well as get acquainted with new friends from diverse backgrounds. For instance, the University of Southern California provides a course called "American Culture" the goal of which is to teach students about American culture, the things that they probably wouldn't pick up on just by watching TV. (Guidi 2) In this way, students gain more experiences by taking field trips or tasting characteristic food with local people, and all these...

Cited: Gebhard, Jerry G. “International Students’ Adjustment Problems and Behaviors.” Journal of International Students 2.2 (Fall 2012): 184-193. Print.
“Chinese Students Flock to the US --And Efforts to Help Them Adapt are Ramping Up” Shots. Writ. Ruxandra Guidi. Public Radio International, May 29, 2013. Radio.
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